The use of Mind Maps as a Tool for Teaching in the Classroom.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Tony Buzan developed and copyrighted Mind Maps in the 1970s. Mind Mapping is a form of recording information that caters for the way the brain associates and links information. Tony Buzan believed teachers had the most influential and important careers as they played a substantial role in educating the future generation (Buzan & Buzan, 2003). There has been limited research focusing on the use of Mind Maps in education, or teachers’ experiences and opinions on their use in the classroom. Therefore, the aim of this study was to gain an insight to teachers’ perspectives on the use of Mind Maps as a tool for teaching and learning in the classroom. To focus and achieve this, two objectives were set out, which were to see if (1) Mind Maps were effective as a teaching tool and (2) to investigate the role and impact of Mind Maps as a learning tool. A qualitative approach was used for this study through the use of interviews and a focus group, to allow opinions and experiences to be expressed. Content analysis of the data consisted of open coding through a deductive-inductive-deductive approach. Following this process three main themes emerged, two of these categories were broken down further. The first theme was, the use of Mind Maps as a teaching tool, this was categorised into three further subsections: (i) the use of Mind Maps for formative assessment, (ii) planning in teaching and (iii) teaching visually. Secondly, the role and impact Mind Maps have as a learning tool, which was categorised further: (i) the learning process for teachers and students, (ii) perceived motivation of learners, (iii) inclusion of all learners. Thirdly, the barriers to applying Mind Maps in the classroom emerged as a theme. The main outcome of the study demonstrated Mind Maps provided a positive impact for both teachers and learners. However, it must be acknowledged only female participants that educated predominantly physical education were used. Future research could look to use both male and female teachers from a variety of subject areas.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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